Belarusian Olympic sprinter Timanovskaya receives a Polish humanitarian visa

bne IntelliNews August 3, 2021

Belarusian Olympic sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya has received a humanitarian visa to enter Poland after she refused to be forcibly returned home to Minsk by government officials after she publically criticised her coaches on social media at the week

HESS: Europe goes sectoral on Belarus

Maximilian Hess head of political risk at Hawthorn Advisors in London August 2, 2021

Sectoral sanctions have arguably been the most significant innovation in the sanctions tool box over the last decade. Despite reticence over Russia, Brussels now leads the way on expanding their use beyond the Ukrainian conflict, targeting Belarus.

Belarus Olympic sprinter seeks asylum in Europe after escaping from Belarusian government minders during the Tokyo games

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2021

Belarusian Olympic sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya is seeking asylum in Europe after escaping from Belarusian government minders that were trying to force her to fly home on August 1, where she faces possible arrest and imprisonment.

Biden hosts Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya in the White House

bne IntelliNews July 29, 2021

Meeting gives strong signal of support to opponents of Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarus' IT sector continues downward spiral

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2021

Almost one year after heavy political crackdowns began in Belarus, its IT industry faces extremely uncertain prospects.

RenCap raises year-end interest rate forecasts for Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2021

Investment bank Renaissance Capital says central banks in the region have been more hawkish than expected, following a series of rate hikes.

Tikhanovskaya goes to Washington as Lukashenko’s media crackdown intensifies

Ben Aris in Berllin July 19, 2021

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya arrived in Washington on July 17 to lobby the US government for support in the struggle to oust Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, whose crackdown on the media intensified in the lead-up.

Lukashenko pays surprise visit to Putin in St Petersburg

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2021

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko paid a surprise and unscheduled visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on July 13, almost certainly to ask for more money.

Belarus foreign exchange reserves fall to $7.4bn as population buy more dollars than they sell in June

bne IntelliNews July 12, 2021

Belarus' gold and foreign currency reserves fell by 4.6% to $7,409.3bn as of 1 July 2021 according to the preliminary data, National Bank of the Republic of Belarus said on July 7 as the population bought more dollars than they sold.

Belarus sentences presidential candidate Babariko to 14 years in jail

bne IntelliNews July 7, 2021

A Belarusian court sentenced presidential candidate Viktor Babariko to 14 years in jail on what are widely seen as politically motivated embezzlement charges.

Trade dependency keeps Ukraine out of international condemnation of China and Belarus

Ben Aris in Berlin June 28, 2021

The cash-strapped government of Ukraine has kept out of the international condemnation of China’s treatment of the Uighur and the latest round of sanctions on Belarus because of its trade dependency on both countries.

EU pulls its punches on Belarus sanctions

Ben Aris in Berlin June 28, 2021

The EU pulled some of its punches when imposing harsh sectorial sanctions on Belarus at a summit in Brussels on June 24-25.